Al-Waleed bin Talal

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Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud
الوليد بن طلال بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود
Al Waleed bin Talal 2015.jpg
Born (1955-03-07) 7 March 1955 (age 66)[1]
NationalitySaudi Arabian
Alma materMenlo College
Syracuse University
OccupationChairman and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Dalal bint Saud bin Abdulaziz (divorced)
Eman bint Naser bin Abdullah al Sudairi (divorced)
Ameera al-Taweel (divorced)
FamilySaud

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎; born 7 March 1955)[2] is a member of the Saudi Royal Family. He is the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. An entrepreneur and international investor but without real political power within the House of Saud or in Saudi Arabia, he has amassed a fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market.

Kingdom 5KR, a yacht owned by Alwaleed Bin Talal

As of March 2010, his net worth is estimated at US$19.4 billion, up from $13.3 billion, according to Forbes, making him the 19th richest person in the world on their list published in March 2010.[3] He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.[4][5][6]

Talal bought the super yacht Kingdom5KR.[7] It had been owned by Donald Trump and called the "Trump Princess".[7] The yacht, built in 1980, was used in the James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.[7] It has 11 cabins, can take 22 guests and has a crew of 31.[8]

On 4 November 2017, he was arrested in Saudi Arabia, in an anti-corruption raid,[9][10] together with, among others, Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim and Saleh Abdullah Kamel.[11] Al-Waleed was released from detention on 27 January 2018, following a financial settlement of some kind, after nearly three months in detention.[12][13] In March 2018 he was dropped from the World's Billionaires list due to lack of current information.[14]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Al-Waleed was born in Jeddah on 7 March 1955[15][16] to Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, long-time-known as The Red Prince, and Mona Al Solh, daughter of Riad Al Solh (Lebanon's first prime minister).[17][18]

Honours[change | change source]

Saudi Arabian national honours[change | change source]

Ribbon bar Honour
Spange des König-Abdulaziz-Ordens.png Member 1st Class of the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud

Foreign honors[change | change source]

Ribbon bar Country Honour
The Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain, 1st class  Bahrain Member 1st Class of the Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain
BEN National Order of Dahomey - Grand Officer BAR.png  Benin Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin
BRU Family Order of Brunei 1st Class.svg  Brunei Member 1st Class of the Family Order of Laila Utama
Order Stara planina ribbon  Bulgaria Member 1st Class of the Order of the Balkan Mountains
Burkina Faso Ordre national Commandeur ribbon  Burkina Faso Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso
National Order of the Republic (Burundi) - ribbon bar  Burundi Grand Cross of the National Order of the Republic of Burundi
Ordre national du Tchad - Grand Officier  Chad Grand Officier of the National Order of Chad
Ordre de l'Etoile d'Anjouan Commandeur ribbon  Comoros Commander of the Star Anjouan
Order of Merit - Grand Cross (Central African Republic)  Central African Republic Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit of Central African Republic
Order of the Grand Star of Djibouti - ribbon bar  Djibouti Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Star of Djibouti
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon  France Commander of the Legion of Honour
GAB National Order of Merit - Grand Cross BAR  Gabon Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit of Gabon
Ord.Gambia-ribbon  Gambia Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia
Order of the Volta (Ghanabhribbon bar  Ghana Companion of the Order of the Volta
National Order of Merit - Commander (Guinea)  Guinea Commander of the National Order of Merit of Guinea
National Order of Equatorial Guinea - ribbon bar.gif  Equatorial Guinea Grand Cross of the Order of Independence
JOR Order of the Star of Jordan GC  Jordan Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan
Cote d'Ivoire Ordre national GC ribbon  Ivory Coast Grand Cross of the National Order of the Ivory Coast
Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya  Kenya Grand Cordon of the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya
LBN National Order of the Cedar - Grand Officer BAR  Lebanon Grand Officer of the National Order of the Cedar
Order of the Star of Africa (Liberia) - ribbon bar  Liberia Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Africa
MDG National Order - Grand Cross 1st Class BAR  Madagascar Grand Cross of the National Order of Madagascar
MRT Commander Order of National Merit  Mauritania Commander of the National Order of Merit of Mauritania
Order of Izzuddin (Maldives) - ribbon bar v. 1996  Maldives Grand Cordon of the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin
Mali Ordre national du Mali Commandeur ribbon  Mali Grand Officier of the National Order of Mali
MLT National Order of Merit BAR  Malta Companions of the National Order of Merit (Malta)
MCO Order of Grimaldi - Grand Officer BAR  Monaco Grand Officier of the Order of Grimaldi
Ordre de l'Ouissam Alaouite GC ribbon (Maroc)  Morocco Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite
Order of Orange-Nassau ribbon - Officer  Netherlands Officier of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Order of Merit (Niger) - ribbon bar  Niger Grand Cordon of the National Order of Merit of Niger
Ord.Nishan-i-Pakistan.ribbon  Pakistan Second Class of Nishan-e-Pakistan
PHI Order of Sikatuna 2003 Grand Officer BAR  Philippines Grand Officier of Order of Sikatuna
SEN Order of the Lion - Grand Officer BAR  Senegal Grand Officier of the National Order of the Lion
Order of Merit for Defence - Knight (Brazil) - ribbon bar  Sierra Leone Grand Gordon of the Order of the Republic (Sierra Leone)
Order of Diplomatic Service Merit (Class 3) Heung-In Medal ribbon  South Korea Sungnye Medal of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit
Order of the Republic (Sudan) - ribbon bar  Sudan Grand Cordon of the Republic of the Sudan
Order of Umayyad (Syria) - ribbon bar  Syria Member 1st Class of the Order of the Umayyads
TWN Order of Brilliant Star 1Class BAR  Taiwan Grand Cordon of the Order of Brilliant Star
TGO Order of Mono - Grand Officer BAR  Togo Grand Officier of the Order of Mono
Order of the Republic (Tunisia) - ribbon bar  Tunisia Grand Officier of the Order of the Republic
Vietnam Friendship Order ribbon  Vietnam Medal of the Friendship Order
Order of the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) - ribbon bar  Uganda Companion of the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

Personal life[change | change source]

His first wife, Dalal, as a child, standing between her father King Saud and John F. Kennedy

Al-Waleed has been married four times.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Khan, Riz (2005). Alwaleed, Businessman Billionaire Prince. New York: HarperCollins. p. 19. ISBN 9780060850302.
  2. "Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed's Timeline". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Forbes topic page on Prince Alwaleed Retrieved March 2010
  4. "Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "The mystery of the world's second-richest businessman". The Economist. 25 February 1999. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Jehl, Douglas (28 March 1999). "Buffett of Arabia? Well, Maybe". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Kingdom 5KR". yachts.monacoeye.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Kingdom 5KR Yacht - Benetti motor yacht". superyachts.com. 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Kirkpatrick, David D. (4 November 2017). "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  10. "Alwaleed bin Talal, two other billionaires tycoons among Saudi arrests". Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  11. Alwaleed bin Talal, two other billionaires tycoons among Saudi arrests, 4 November, Daily Sabah
  12. "Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'". Agence France-Presse. 27 January 2018. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018. The prince was released following an undisclosed financial agreement with the government, similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. Ben Hubbard, Billionaire Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, Is Freed From Detention Archived 27 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times (27 January 2017).
  14. Dolan, Kerry (6 March 2018). "Why No Saudi Arabians Made The Forbes Billionaires List This Year". Forbes. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. Gornail, Jonathan (8 March 2013). "Newsmaker: Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". The National. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. Sherifa Zuhur (31 October 2011). Saudi Arabia. ABC-CLIO. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-59884-571-6.
  17. Mamoun Fandy (2007). (Un)civil War of Words: Media and Politics in the Arab World. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-275-99393-1.
  18. Moubayed, Sami (1 February 2011). "Lebanon cabinet: A tightrope act". Lebanon Wire. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. Royal Saudi couple’s divorce is 'amicable' Richard Johnson. Page Six. NYPost.com 20 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015

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